SuperSmart: removing barriers to adoption of energy efficient technology in supermarkets

A new EU-funded “Horizon 2020” project called SuperSmart has started to work February 2016 aiming at removing the non-technical barriers to uptake the sustainable and eco-friendly cooling and heating technologies in supermarkets. The main objectives of SuperSmart are:

  • Reduce the environmental impact and primary energy demand in supermarkets;

  • Support the introduction of a new EU Eco-label for Supermarkets;

  • Determine and remove the non-technical barriers hindering the implementation of eco-energy supermarkets. This will cover the short-term (knowledge, awareness) and long-term (organizational, Social, political) barriers;

  • Raise the expertise level of the different decision makers (non-technical and technical staff) related to energy usage of equipment and the benefit of integrated systems;

  • Conducting direct communication among R&D organisations, suppliers, end users and governmental bodies of different levels (EU administration, local municipalities, etc.) on potential legislative initiatives.

The organizations involved in the project are SINTEF (Norway), Shecco (Belgium), The National Research Council (CNR, Italy), German Federal Environment Agency (UBA, Germany), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Sweden), Technical University of Braunschweig (Germany), the Research Centre for Energy Resources and Consumption (CIRCE, Spain), DPTU ENERGIJA doo (Macedonia) and the International Institute of Refrigeration (IIR, France).  

Different work packages have been defined in the SuperSmart project where KTH will be one of the main responsible organizations for developing educational material and resources to tackle the knowledge and awareness barriers. Furthermore, KTH is involved in developing and carrying out two surveys: the first one is to identify the major non-technical barriers across Europe. You can share your ideas with us by taking the survey available at The second survey is on the development of a new EU Eco-label for supermarkets; various supermarket stakeholders can share their thoughts and opinions with SuperSmart operating organizations in this survey. These two surveys will be distributed in spring 2016.

A milestone in the project has been its first workshop in Barcelona on 18th April 2016. The workshop was free and open to public and followed by ATMOsphere 2016 conference focusing on accelerating the usage of natural refrigerants in cooling and heating system solutions. 
If you are interested to know more about this project please contact Mazyar Karampour.

Mazyar Karampour / KTH